- 1 English
- 2 Dutch
- 3 Norwegian
From Middle English grillen (“to anger, provoke”), from Old English grillan, griellan (“to annoy, vex, offend”), from Proto-Germanic *grellaną, *graljaną (“to shout, make angry”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- (“to rattle, make a noise, grumble”). Cognate with Dutch grillen (“to shudder, shiver”), Low German vergrellen (“to anger, provoke”), German grollen (“to rumble”) and perhaps also with French grouiller (“to swarm”).
- (transitive, Scotland, US) To make angry; provoke.
- (transitive, chiefly Scotland) To terrify; make tremble.
- (intransitive, chiefly Scotland) To tremble; shiver.
- (intransitive, Northern England, Scotland) To snarl; snap.
From Middle English gril, grille (“harsh, rough, severe”), from Old English *griell, from Proto-Germanic *grellaz (“angry”), from Proto-Indo-European *gher- (“to rattle, make a noise, grumble”). Cognate with German grell (“harsh, angry”), Danish grel (“shrill, glaring, dazzling”).
1655, from French gril, from Middle French, from Old French greïl, graïl (“gridiron”), from graïlle (“grate, grating”), from Latin crātīcula (“gridiron”), diminutive of crātis (“hurdle, wickerwork”), from Proto-Indo-European *kor(ə)t-, *krāt- (“to weave, twist, wattle; wicker”). Related to griddle, hurdle.
grill (plural grills)
- A rack; a grid of wire or a sheet of material with a pattern of holes or slots, usually used to protect something while allowing the passage of air and liquids. Typical uses: to allow air through a fan while preventing fingers or objects from passing; to allow people to talk to somebody, while preventing attack.
- On a vehicle, a slotted cover as above, to protect and hide the radiator, while admitting air to cool it.
- A device comprising a source of radiant heat and a means of holding food near it, to cook it; a barbecue; a griddle.
- I put some peppers and mushrooms on the grill to go with dinner.
- (colloquial) A type of jewelry worn on the front teeth.
- (colloquial, by extension) The front teeth regarded collectively.
- Food cooked on a grill.
- a packet of frozen cauliflower cheese grills
- To cook food on a grill; to barbecue.
- Why don't we get together Saturday and grill some burgers?
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK) To cook food under the element of a stove or only under the top element of an oven – (US) broil, (cooking) salamander.
- (colloquial) To interrogate; to question aggressively or harshly.
- See also Wikisaurus:cook